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FDA raises concerns about herbal supplement kratom

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Public Health Advisory due to its growing concerns about the risks associated with the use of the herbal supplement kratom, and is calling on those who believe in the potential medical benefits of the herb to conduct research on kratom so that its risks and benefits can be better understood. Kratom is a plant indigenous to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It has grown in popularity in the U.S., and is often marketed as a “safe” treatment for a variety of conditions. The FDA said it knows people are using kratom ... Read More

Alabama Jury Awards Army Vet $7.5 Million For Walmart Injury

Walmart representatives say the retail giant intends to appeal a $7.5 million jury award to an Alabama man whose foot became stuck in a wooden pallet at a Phenix City Walmart store, causing him to shatter his foot and hip. Henry Walker, a 59-year-old Army veteran, sued Walmart after the accident, claiming it robbed him of his ability to participate in and enjoy everyday activities. On June 25, 2015, Mr. Walker was getting a watermelon from a bin at Walmart when his foot became trapped in the pallet below. Not realizing his foot was in between the slats of the ... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges 3M Pollutants Caused Cancer, Other Health Problems

A lawsuit accusing 3M and related companies of contaminating the Tennessee River with PFOA and PFOS chemicals has been filed by 23 plaintiffs who allege the industrial pollution caused them to develop cancer and other serious health problems. The federal lawsuit seeks class-action status for customers of the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority, which provides drinking water to more than 10,000 residents of Alabama’s Morgan and Lawrence Counties. In addition to 3M, the lawsuit names as defendants 3M subsidiary Dyneon, Daikin America, and the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority, which sold the contaminated water. The plaintiffs allege the defendants were ... Read More

Local woman makes hair loss solutions accessible

Here in Alabama, a Birmingham business has recognized the grave impact that hair loss has on people’s lives and is offering compassion and practical support. People find themselves in need of hair loss solutions such as wigs for a variety of reasons. Some suffer hereditary hair loss, which is associated with aging. Others have the autoimmune disorder, alopecia areata, which can begin in childhood. Many lose hair after undergoing cancer treatments. Some chemotherapy drugs, such as Taxotere, can even cause permanent baldness, leaving cancer survivors visibly facing the effects of their disease for the rest of their lives as they ... Read More

TN sues opioid makers on behalf of addicted infants

Eight Tennessee district attorneys general are suing opioid manufacturers on behalf of babies from 24 counties born dependent on opioids. As the nation’s opioid epidemic grows, so does the number of helpless infants born to addicted mothers. These babies exposed to drugs in the womb suffer from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which causes symptoms such as tremors or trembling, irritability, sleep problems, high-pitched crying, tight muscle tone, hyperactive reflexes, seizures, poor feeding and sucking, vomiting and diarrhea, dehydration, fever or unstable temperature, sweating, and dehydration. Long-term effects of NAS include developmental delays and attention problems. The problem has gotten so ... Read More

Alabama Woman Says New LG Phone Burst Into Flames

An Alabama woman whose LG smartphone burst into flames is seeking compensation from the manufacturer, claiming the flaming device burned a hole in her living room carpet all the way to the wood floor beneath. Jefferson County resident Sharon Steele told Birmingham’s ABC 33 that she had the phone for about a month before something went horribly wrong with the device. “I heard sizzling, popping. I unplugged it and it got worse so I threw it on the floor. I didn’t want it to blow up in my face,” Steele told ABC 33. The phone burst into flames, so Ms. ... Read More

Judge says there will be talc trial in St. Louis this month

The next Missouri talc trial will move forward this month over defense objections, as determined by the Missouri Circuit Court for St. Louis City in a hearing held on Sept. 18, reports HarrisMartin Publishing. These talc cases center on allegations that Johnson and Johnson’s talc-containing products can cause ovarian cancer with prolonged use in the genital area. There have already been five completed trials in St. Louis with four plaintiff wins totaling verdicts of more than $300 million. In June, more than two weeks into trial, the sixth Missouri talc ovarian cancer case to go before a jury was declared ... Read More

Xarelto victim wants new trial over injuries

Attorneys for a woman who sued Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer over bleeding injuries allegedly caused by the blood thinner Xarelto have filed a motion seeking a retrial based on new evidence that contradicts courtroom testimony that could have swayed jurors. A jury from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi found in favor of the drug companies during the third bellwether trial over Xarelto side effect. Dora Mingo, 69, claimed that she was prescribed Xarelto after suffering a blood clot following hip replacement surgery. But shortly after starting treatment with the blood thinner, she suffered a life threatening ... Read More

Publix recalls ground turkey for ‘extraneous materials’

Grocery chain Publix has announced a recall of ground turkey products produced and distributed by Prestage Foods, Inc. The company, based in St. Pauls, North Carolina, alerted Publix that the ground turkey may be contaminated with “extraneous materials.” The recall affects nearly 40,000 pounds of ground turkey. The problem was detected following a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) review. Workers conducting sanitation procedures on equipment reported a possible problem to the FSIS. On the same day, according to a Publix news release, a worker at one of the retail locations that received the ground ... Read More

Amerisource to pay $260M for mishandling drugs

Medical Initiatives Inc., an Alabama subsidiary of AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group (ABSG), pled guilty and agreed to a $208 million criminal fine and a forfeiture of $52 million for introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce, Law360 reported. The company was accused of opening sterile vials of oncology drugs, pooling the medicine and transferring it into single-dose pre-filed syringes that were then shipped without a physician-signed prescription, sometimes in doses well above safe usage standards for an individual patient, and occasionally to deceased individuals. Furthermore, ABSG didn’t register Medical Initiatives Inc. with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as required by federal ... Read More